In the Shadow of Feeling
This film takes a look at the factors that turn children into adult psychopaths. The film follows the story of a 17 year old boy named, "Johnathan" who was labeled as a psychopath at age 14, while on trial for first degree murder. It examines factors such as parenting, genetics, and society in determining the psychological state of any child as they develop into adults. Psychopaths (now referred to as Anti-Social Personality Disorder) are described essentially as individuals with no ability to empathize or show true emotions. They can recreate the exact pantomime of emotions, but the actually feelings rarely come to pass. They are, by definition, without conscience. Roughly 2% of the total population is estimated to be completely psychopathic, while about 15% would be considered "Partial Psychopaths", or incomplete manifestations of the illness. These people are commonly depicted by the media as the very few serial killers and high profile criminals that we seem to focus on; however, ... Written by Bryan Law
"All the time spent here with 'Jonathon' is more insightful than most front- line horror stories I've ever seen on the MSM."
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"In short, the psychopath - and the narcissist to a lesser extent - is a predator. If we think about the interactions of predators with their prey in the animal kingdom, we can come to some idea of what is behind the "mask of sanity" of the psychopath. Just as an animal predator will adopt all kinds of stealthy functions in order to stalk their prey, cut them out of the herd, get close to them and reduce their resistance, so does the psychopath construct all kinds of elaborate camoflage composed of words and appearances - lies and manipulations - in order to "assimilate" their prey.
Conscience seems to depend on the ability to imagine consequences. But most "consequences" relate to pain in some way, and psychopaths really don't understand pain in the emotional sense. They understand frustration of not getting what they want, and to them, that is pain. But the fact seems to be that they act based solely on a sort of Game Theory evaluation of a situation: what will they get out of it, and what will it cost? And these "costs" have nothing to do with being humiliated, causing pain, sabotaging the future, or any of the other possibilities that normal people consider when making a choice. In short, it is almost impossible for normal people to even imagine the inner life of the psychopath."(Special Research Project of the Quantum Future School More here:http://www.cassiopaea.com/cassiopaea/psychopath.htm )
“The neuro-scientist Jim Fallon who has become an expert in serial killers and in tests he identifies brain patterns from a random selection as murderers and normal people without knowing which was which in the random mix he was given. It is discovered that a gene exists called “the MAOA gene” or “warrior gene” that predisposes you to violence. Then he finds out that despite never having gone to prison, or killing anyone he too had the same brain pattern as the serial killers and the MAOA gene. His family even agree that he has a “hot head” and is scary.
What was most interesting about this documentary was the fact that Jim Fallon was not a serial killer or a seriously violent man simply because during his development, his childhood, he had a stable and loving home and was able to grow physically and mentally in a violence and abuse free way. This is fascinating stuff and shows that the argument in psychology and in crime and punishment should always be one of nature and nurture when punishing and backs up my firm belief that the death penalty isn’t an acceptable punishment for any crime.”( http://bilstonjay.wordpress.com)
After studying himself, Fallon discovered that he has two of the three ingredients for psychopathology.